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Project by bulzeye posted 01-14-2012 06:37 AM 1041 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My first attempt at pen turning.. the top is cocabolo the middle is zebra wood and the third is african ebony.. not happy with the zebra wood but the other two turned out ok I think.

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#1 posted 01-14-2012 08:03 AM

Pretty fancy pens.good job

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 01-14-2012 10:30 AM

Nice work! The cocobolo shape looks awesome!

As for the shorter grip zebrawood pen – early on, I turned maple pen with a short thin grip. I was not happy with it either. To me, it felt completely wrong and I was ready to throw it away. I put it in our pen jar because I just couldn’t bear to throw any of my hand turned pens away.

My fiance LOVES that pen and uses it as her first choice. I have given her more than a few pens that I would consider part of my ‘greatest hits’ with nice thick grips and smooth transitions. She ignores those pens while the pen that felt odd and awkward to me is used all the time.

I have since borrowed that pen to use it as a shaping guide for smaller handed people in my life.

On another note: The zebrawood blanks I have turned had a very distinct… aroma… when I was turning them. Sort of a barnyard/manure/oh man, did someone step in something kind of smell. The finished pen was fine but boy did I do a good job of cleaning the shop floor that night!

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#3 posted 01-14-2012 03:55 PM

Very nice. Actually excellent when it’s your first attempt. Good job!

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#4 posted 01-28-2012 02:56 AM

Thanks guys. I’ve since started playing with Acrylics and the only complaint I have it I left some marks in them from the skew and didn’t get them as smooth as I would like. I guess it will all come with experience. thanks again I’m having a blast!!

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